March 10, 2014 – Newsletter

Posted by on March 10, 2014


Customers buy on price because they can’t find extraordinary quality, convenience, service and value.
-Warren Greshes

BATI Knowledge

Changing the N-Number on your Aircraft

Forming an N-Number

N-Numbers – N-Numbers consist of a series of alphanumeric characters.  U.S. registration numbers may not exceed five characters in addition to the standard U.S. registration prefix letter N.  These characters may be\

  • One to five numbers (N12345)
  • One to four numbers followed by one letter (N1234Z)
  • One to three numbers followed by two letters (N1234AZ)

To avoid confusion with the numbers one and zero, the letters “I” and “O” are not used in n-numbers.

An N-number may not begin with a zero.  You must precede the first zero in an N-number with any number from 1 thru 9 (for example N01Z is not valid, but N101Z is valid!)

Special Registration Numbers

A special registration number is an N-Number that you select for immediate use on a specific aircraft or to reserve in your name for future use.  The FAA fee for reservation or assignment of a special registration number is $10.00.

Special registration numbers may be

  • used to change the N-Number currently on your aircraft
  • assigned to a new home-built, import, or newly manufactured aircraft in preparation for registering that aircraft
  • reserved for one year.  Upon reservation the FAA will mail a confirmation notice to the requester.  A renewal notice will also be sent prior to the expiration date. Reservations may be renewed for additional periods of one year – the renewal fee is $10 each year.

Changing the N-Number on your Aircraft

Transferring, assigning and changing N-Numbers on aircraft is a specialty of our very talented Lisa Gaskin, known worldwide as the “N-Number Guru of the Universe” – Lisa has been handling reserving, transferring and assigning N-numbers for over 30 years!    Lisa has extensive experience in representing manufacturers, brokers, and aircraft owners.  For a very small fee Lisa will handle your N-Number change with great efficiency and you will make a new friend, too, as it is virtually impossible not to love Lisa!

FAA and IR Update

As of this writing, the FAA is approximately 5 weeks backlogged in processing registration and encumbrance documents, and about 5 weeks and 2 days backlogged in handling N-Number changes.